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County announces contract for economic development

Local government officials from Macon County and the municipalities of Highlands and Franklin convened last Thursday night to discuss ongoing and future projects, and to announce personnel updates within their respected organizations. Macon County Commissioners, Highlands Commissioners, and Franklin’s Board of Aldermen come together three times a year at a joint meeting in an effort to improve overall collaboration between the three entities. The Town of Highlands hosted the year’s last session at Wolfgang’s restaurant on Main Street in Highlands.

“I can’t keep talking about the continuity that we’ve had with this gathering three times a year, because it just allows us to get a relationship and camaraderie with the group,” said Franklin Mayor Joe Collins.

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A popular downtown Sylva store is under fire by authorities in Jackson County, who recently raided the business on suspicion of selling illegal drugs.

On the evening of Nov. 4, investigators with the Sylva Police Department and Western Carolina University campus police raided In Your Ear Music Emporium after an Oct. 9 complaint indicated it had been selling illegal synthetic cannabinoids.

Sold under the guise of “herbal incense,” North Carolina has joined 28 other states by banning the products, which were reportedly being used as recreational drugs.

In response to the complaint, investigators executed a joint undercover operation with WCU officers to perform a “controlled buy” of the product after obtaining a search warrant, according to SPD Detective Jennie Rumsey.

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At approximately 4:26 p.m. on Tuesday evening, authorities arrived on the scene on Highway U.S. 23 at the Rabbit Creek intersection in response to a motor vehicle accident.

According to Leah McCall, investigating trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a 2006 silver Ford driven by Avery Bates, 18, of Franklin was entering the highway from Rabbit Creek and attempting to head toward Franklin.

Bates struck a 1998 black SUV oldsmobile driven by Maurice Grayson, 26, of Franklin, at the intersection mangling both vehicles.

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A Franklin man suspected of operating a methamphetamine lab was recently found guilty in Macon County Superior Court last week.

James Bradley Vaughn, 36, formerly of Orchard View Apartments, was sentenced to serve 7-9 years in prison after pleading guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine. Judge Sharon Barrett, of Buncombe County, presided over the hearing.

The sentence stemmed from the June 23 arrest of Vaughn and several others when Franklin Police Officers responded to a complaint of loud music at Orchard View Apartments, behind Kmart. After officers were given permission to enter the residence in question, they discovered a makeshift meth lab. Officers also reportedly recovered a plastic bag containing several unused syringes in the parking lot.

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